Thursday, July 26, 2007

"The Clinton/Obama Non-Controversy"

Todd Beeton looks at all the Republican praise for Hillary Clinton's debate performance last night and asks, "Is Clinton proving that she CAN run a primary and general election campaign all at once? It's starting to look like it."

Yeah, maybe so. But only if the primary voters are suckers.

Hillary thrilled conservatives by saying that she would not meet with foreign leaders like Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Bashar al-Assad, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Then she called Barack Obama 'irresponsible and naive' for suggesting that he might be willing to meet with them. Let me be blunt. Screw Hillary Clinton and her right-wing frames.

I don't advocate meeting controversial and even adversarial foreign leaders for the hell of it or if nothing productive can be announced afterwards. But don't try to score political points by being close-minded. American presidents met with Soviet premiers throughout the Cold War. It was a good thing. Nixon went to China.

Hillary Clinton thinks she is clever. She actually said that she wouldn't meet with these leaders until after 'lower-level diplomatic contacts [were] conducted'. What? Does she think Obama would just fly to Havana without any prep-work from the State Department? I am sick of this idiotic level of debate. Conservatives respond to this kind of empty rhetoric. Progressives should be repulsed by it.

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